How does a harsh winter affect wildlife?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

This story comes from Mother Nature Network. We can finally see the ground in parts of New England, and my mind has officially transitioned into spring. But will the aftermath of this winter have lingering effects on our wildlife?

If turkeys can't find food on the ground through two-to-three feet of snow, they will spend most of their time up in the trees roosting. Credit: USFWS If turkeys can’t find food on the ground through two-to-three feet of snow, they will spend most of their time up in the trees roosting.
Credit: USFWS

By Tom Oder
Freezing temperatures and record amounts of snow in New England have been tough on humans this winter. They’ve also made life difficult for many forms of wildlife. For some, including salmon and an endangered mussel, the worst may still be ahead because quickly melting snow could lead to heavy spring floods.

But the news isn’t all bad for wildlife. Deep snows have given biologists a special opportunity to study some species such as the rare New England cottontail. Scientists…

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